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††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††† *News Release* ††† ††††††Date: June 11, 2010

 

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Ex-rescue squad worker charged with sex assaults

 

 

Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Acting Chief Paul Brembt of the South Plainfield Police Department announced today that a former borough rescue squad worker has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting two males in separate incidents.

 

Ronald Sward (DOB 12/25/63) of Matis Street in South Plainfield was arrested on June 7, 2010, and was charged with aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

 

Sward, who resigned on June 7, 2010 from his post as the deputy chief of the South Plainfield Rescue Squad, was charged after an investigation by the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office and the South Plainfield Police Department determined he sexually assaulted an 8-year-old boy over an eight-year period, beginning in 2001.

 

An additional count of sexual assault was filed today against the defendant after the investigation by Detective Daryl Strother of the South Plainfield Police Department and Investigator Frank DiNinno of the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office determined that Sward sexually assaulted a 17-year-old male on various occasions in South Plainfield and Woodbridge between January 2010 and May 2010.

 

The investigation also determined that Seward knew both victims.

 

Sward, who had been a member of the first aid squad for about 10 years, is being held at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick in lieu of $325,000 bail, which was set by Superior Court Judge Joseph Paone.

 

The judge ruled the defendant must post the full amount before he can be released from custody.

 

Anyone with information on these, or similar, incidents is asked to call Detective Strother of the South Plainfield Police Department at (908) 755-0700, or Investigator DiNinno of the Middlesex County Prosecutorís office at (732) 745-3600.

 

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Sward are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.